16 TED Talks Every Parent Must Watch

Must-watch Parenting TED Talks
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Parenting does not come with a manual, nor are parents graded on their parenting skills! Parenting styles evolve with generations and every parent needs to adapt to the change. Many parents, these days, see parenting as a complex task and get very anxious about whether they are doing it right.

These TED Talks address some very crucial issues of parenting and child-rearing and are a must-watch for every parent.

  1. For parents, happiness is a very high bar by Jennifer Senior

This talk deals with parenthood and anxiety and offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

  1. Love, no matter what by Andrew Solomon

What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance.

  1. Teach Girls bravery, not perfection by Reshma Saujani

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. She talks about how we need to teach girls to be comfortable with imperfection.

  1. How to raise successful kids – without over-parenting by Julie Lythcott-Haimes

Julie Lythcott-Haims makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.

  1. 5 Dangerous things your should let your kids do by Gever Tully

Gever Tulley, the founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.

  1. “Good” and “Bad” are incomplete stories we tell ourselves by Heather Lanier

In this talk about the beautiful, complicated, joyful and hard journey of raising a rare girl, Lanier questions our assumptions about what makes a life “good” or “bad,” challenging us to stop fixating on solutions for whatever we deem not normal, and instead to take life as it comes.

  1. Let’s talk parenting taboos by Rufus Griscom

Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

  1. It’s time for “The Talk” by Julia Sweeny

Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction — and starts to ask some very smart questions.

  1. A taboo free way to talk about periods by Aditi Gupta

It’s true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents, and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it.

  1. The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

  1. Play is more than just fun by Stuart Brown

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

  1. To raise brave girls, encourage adventure by Caroline Paul

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.

  1. What adults can learn from kids by Adora Svitak

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

  1. To this day…for the bullied and beautiful

By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). A great talk for parents and children.

  1. Body Sovereignty And Kids: How We Can Cultivate A Culture Of Consent by Monica Rivera

    Monica Rivera introduces the concepts with her own children. And it’s never too late to start this conversation!

  2. How to get your kids to listen and engage by Kris Prochaska

Kris Prochuska discusses how we talk to our kids. How can we change the way we talk with our kids and bring them more into the conversation?


Which ones did you like? Which ted talk did you find the most inspiring or useful? Let us know. You can read more about Parenting on our blog!

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